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Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

P.I. Tchaikovsky Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Antal Doráti was born in Budapest, where his father Alexander Doráti was a violinist with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and his mother Margit Kunwald was a piano teacher.

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  • Audio CD (June 13, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041BY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Introduction
2. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: No. 1, Prologue-Marche
3. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: No. 2, Prologue-Scène Dansante
4. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: No. 3, Prologue- Pas De Six
5. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: No. 3, Prologue- Variations 1-6; Coda
6. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: No. 4, Prologue- Final
7. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. No. 5.: ScÃ..ne
8. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. No. 5.: Valse
9. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. No. 7.: ScÃ..ne
10. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. No. 8.: Pas D'Action
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Disc: 2
1. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 14.: Scène
2. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 15.: Pas D'Action
3. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 15.: Variation D'Aurore
4. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 15.: Coda
5. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 16.: Scène
6. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 17.: Panorama
7. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 19.: Entracte Symphonique
8. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 20.: Final
9. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 3. No. 21.: Marche
10. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 3. No. 22.: Polacca
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Antal Dorati was the Tchaikovsky Ballet pioneer. For Mercury Living Presence, he made the first-ever recordings of the complete versions of the Russian composer's three great ballets. But Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty were mono recordings; he did two versions of Nutcracker, one mono and one stereo. So this stereo remake of Tchaikovsky's greatest ballet was highly anticipated, particularly as it features the incomparable Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. True to form, the performance is magnificently played and warmly recorded. Originally issued on three LPs (and CDs), it's now available on two well-filled discs for the price of one. A no-brainer. -- David Hurwitz

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sleeping Beauty in all its splendour February 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
To describe this recording as just 'lovely' is about as great an understatement as the Tsar merely observed: 'Very charming' after the premiere of "The Sleeping Beauty" in 1890. It's also a serious misunderstanding of the purpose of the recording of a ballet score, which is never intended to accompany a performance. What Antal Dorati proves beyond all is exactly that this music can stand on its own, without the support of the dancers on the stage.
Antal Dorati and the Concertgebouw Orchestra present here simply one of the very best recordings of "The Sleeping Beauty". With its unique rendition of the orchestral colour, the dramatic flow, the theatrical eloquence, and the ever correct characterisations, this release stands out, leaving most of the competition behind.
The Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam is definitely one of the world's finest ensembles and quite ideal for this kind of repertoire, moreover, magnificently recorded in the warm acoustics of the Concertgebouw itself during the final years of the analogue era. The clarity of instrumental detail, the transparency of the sound image (just listen to the buildup in the famous 'Rose adagio' from Act 1), are nothing short of ideal, while the superbly played solos (Jean Decroos and Theo Olof) are convincingly blended within the ensemble.
This recording was originally released on a three-disc set and it is a pity that Philips has decided to cut the entire Entr'acte (nr. 18 of the score) in order to make it fit on two discs. Nonetheless, Dorati's version remains a clear first choice for anyone wishing to explore one of the greatest orchestral works of the 19th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky's Masterpiece On A Great Recording July 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
While there are many fine renditions of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty on disc, this has got to be my choice for trophy winner. Antal Dorat was no stranger to ballet conducting (he conducted all three Tchaikovsky ballets - Swan Lake and Nutcracker included as well as Adolphe Adam's Giselle). Dorati's legacy lives on through many remastered LP recordings on CD- he conducted Tchaikovsky repertoire with the most passionate musicianship. Sleeping Beauty was Tchaikovsky's ballet masterpiece, a work full of noble music, enchanted melodies, timelessness, a score tinged with yearning for lost magic, for chivalry, for romance. It's a mystery sometimes the nature of this music. For one thing, it's not entirely balletic. While choreographers can work with Tchaikovsky's music, there is something transcendent about the music that doesn't seem entirely balletic. There's a concerto quality to it, as well as a symphonic quality, operatic (opera) quality to it. Dorati was masterful at capturing all these different aspects. Eventhough this recording was made in the early 80's and Dorati was approaching his death, its crisp, beautiful and dynamic. Do yourself a favor, listen to the following and you'll understand why Sleeping Beauty is the best ballet ever made:

1)The Christening: Prologue, March, Carabosses's Entrance. The mood here is one of courtly romance. Many of the dances seem stately and fairy-like (after all many of the guests at the Christening are fairies and angelic beings). The original production was modeled after the court of Louis XIV, and Tchaikovsky loved old French pageantry. It appealed to his sense of aesthetics- flowing, eleaborate Roccoco as he used in Mozartiana and Roccoco Variations. He used an aria from Richard Cour De Leon in Eugene Onegin the opera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Ballet Score January 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
For those fans of the incredible living art of ballet, this cd is a remarkable treat. Although nothing beats a live performance, or one captured on film, the score to a ballet is just as enjoyable and as uplifting to hear. Antal Dorati (conductor of the Monte Carlo Ballet, symphonic conductor post World War II- 50's, 60's) began his career in the 30's. A perfectionist, a master, he is everything the great Maestro Toscanini was to the conducting podium. Dorati has conducted Sleeping Beauty many times, in Monte Carlo and in Detroit. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is a European orchestra that Dorati worked with toward the end of his life.
In this recording, the European elegance of the ballet is marvelously captured- the perfect detail on the strings, the sheer symphonic treatment and coloration of each individual instrument, and it is without a question THE MOST COMPLETE SLEEPING BEAUTY, omitting no musical piece that Tchaikovsky composed for his second ballet. Swan Lake's premiere was a failure and to make up for it, so to speak, Tchaikovsky worked on an even greater ballet. Sleeping Beauty is much more than a fairy tale ballet, far more complex than a child's fantasy about a princess under an evil spell and a handsome prince who awakens her with a kiss. Only when you deconstruct the ballet's music do we realize that Tchaikovsky had written something serious, something greater than himself. It is the greatest achievement of his career.
The opening theme is that of the evil fairy, dark, fatalistic, slightly bordering on neurotic Wagnerian-style conflict; but Tchaikovsky minimized Wagnerian themes and did not lavish the ballet with too much darkness as he did in Swan Lake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The best of a flawed selection?
This is the only complete Sleeping Beauty I own (I also have a highlights disc from Ormandy/Philadelphia). Not entirely satisfied with the Dorati, I came to Amazon. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rick Darby
3.0 out of 5 stars Great woodwinds, very good strings, strident brass
There are several existing reviews for this recording, so my additions will be quick. I bought this recording because I have been happy with several other RCO recordings, and... Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Ethan E. Matthes
4.0 out of 5 stars Medium Voltage
Just a contrary review to most of them out there. Sure this is a good recording but it is not the best out there by any means. Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by M. K. Delorean
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all in the timing
The Best Sleeping Beauty I know because of two reasons:

-Excellent recording. Clear and transparent. Read more
Published on June 10, 2011 by H. J. Delissen
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Ballet Music
This was purchased so we could have a musical CD of this favorite from the Ballet Music corpus. We were not disappointed: it alternates between our vehicles and our home.
Published on November 15, 2007 by Walter J. Moretz
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL.
It's the only word.

The Sleeping Beauty is the best of Tchaikovsky's works. Antal Dorati really knew how it had to be played. Read more
Published on February 25, 2007 by Maxitita
4.0 out of 5 stars Dorati at his best, which is pretty good
Dorati was a veteran ballet conductor, and it shows in the light-footed, bouncy rhythms he prefers. But Sleeping Beauty is the most searching music Tchiakovsky ever wrote for the... Read more
Published on September 26, 2005 by Santa Fe Listener
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but.....
At a bargain price, this is a very good version of this spectacular score for beginners. Nobody mentioned this in their reviews, so I would like to pose this question: why do the... Read more
Published on September 25, 2005 by MusicMad
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dorati Legend Continues Spectacularly
After purchasing Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, also conducted by Antal Dorati, I was VERY excited to buy this album. He didn't let me down. Read more
Published on August 21, 2005 by Rudy Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
This is a lovely recording for those who just wish to enjoy the music, but the tempi are much to fast to make it a practicle recording for dancers to use. Read more
Published on January 16, 2003
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